Fall 2016 • Volume 36 • Number 4

Susan Johnston Ackerman, M.D

Professor of Radiology
Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Director of Ultrasound

AAWR is sponsoring multiple events at RSNA this year. See the details for luncheon meetings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Highlights of this year’s events include our Celebration Dinner on Sunday evening, celebrating the 35th Birthday of the AAWR.  Proceeds will launch our first R&E capital campaign. The money we raise helps support our mission including enabling our members–in-training to attend AAWR events for free and fund networking and career development for our members.
Please plan to attend our AAWR sponsored course on Wednesday, November 30th at 8:30-10:00 am in Room N226, Women in Leadership. The topics will appeal to women at multiple career levels and include how to transition from trainee to attending, challenges in climbing the ladder, getting leadership positions and why women don’t ask. 

This is my final note as outgoing President. I will be passing my duties to Dr. Margaret Szabunio. I want to thank you for your support and hard work.
Hope to see you at RSNA
Happy Holidays!

If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.

Sheryl Sandberg


AAWR ASTRO Luncheon 2016
By Maria D. Kelly MD, FACR FASTRO

This year the American Society for Radiation Oncology’s (ASTRO) 58th Annual Meeting was held in Boston, Massachusetts with the focus of “Enhancing Value, Improving Outcomes”. As has been the case since the luncheon was opened up to all women in ASTRO over 12 years ago, the AAWR ASTRO luncheon was well attended with over 150 participants. Dr. Maria Kelly, the current AAWR  Vice President, organized an inspiring program led by invited speaker, Dr. Kessely Hong.

Dr. Hong is lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her areas of specialization are

Negotiation and Conflict Management, Decision Making, Behavioral Economics, Game Theory, Social Psychology, and Gender. She is married to Dr. Ted Hong a radiation oncologist at MGH

Her topic for our luncheon was  “Job Negotiation Strategies for Women”.

She covered gender differences in compensation and how women approach asking for salary increases or initial packages upon employment. There was a great deal of audience engagement through the use of  PDAs . There were also individual accounts of challenges faced by members at different times in their careers. We also shared re resources for finding out what the compensation packages were for men and women and the use of an attorney in negotiations.

Dr. Hong’s key points were:


•       Prepare: Remove ambiguity by researching comparisons (e.g. what are others in your field with similar responsibilities getting paid? what benefits are commonly offered?); learn about your own and others’ interests & alternatives; learn about the culture of the organization; consider various possible actions by the other party and practice your response

•       Set high aspirations: Use your research to set high but realistic aspirations, in line with relevant standards; remind yourself of others whose interests you may represent

•       Give yourself alternatives: Pursue alternative job options (both to give yourself a stronger bargaining position and to learn about new possibilities)

•       Consider your full set of interests: In addition to salary, think about what else is important to you to create a fulfilling and successful work and living environment (e.g. job description, support, travel, vacation, work/life balance, start date, promotion, mentorship, insurance, location, etc.). Keep an open mind regarding creative options that will meet your underlying interests

•       Make people want to talk to you and provide value: Listen to what others care about, and come with solutions that meet others’ interests, not just problems or complaints

•       Connect with others: Increase the perceived legitimacy of your requests by emphasizing the benefit you bring to others in the organization; recognize and appreciate others from all levels of the organizational hierarchy

•       Be professional: Proofread; dress professionally (based on the culture of the organization); communicate any changes or delays; thank everyone who helps you

•       Strike a “power pose” : Before an interview or meeting, find a private space to stretch out and strike a “power pose” for a few minutes. This may help you feel more powerful and project enthusiasm

•       Give yourself a chance: If you assume you will fail and never even try, you cannot succeed; if you wait for someone to invite you, you may be waiting a long timeàactively pursue your interests


At the end of our interactive session, we left with a better understanding of the gender pitfalls we might be falling into unconsciously effective leader. Dr. Hong provided a comprehensive list of references for further reading.

All those present were also encouraged to join AAWR as a forum for continued engagement.


Dr. Hong graciously provided her services gratis and we were very appreciative of the opportunity to have access to her level of expertise.


We followed up that evening with our second annual “Chocolate Reception”. This was graciously supported by Anholt Technologies, Inc., Xcision Medical Systems, LLC, and C-RAD Inc.

We would also like to thanks Drs. Ellerbroek,  ,Daly, Fritzche, Werner-Wasik, Jacobson, Komaki, Pinnix and White for their generous support of ASTRO events at AAWR.



Resources on Gender and Negotiation


—  Bohnet, I., What Works: Gender Equality by Design, the Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA 2016

—  Kolb, D. & Williams, J. Everyday Negotiation: Navigating the Hidden Agendas in Bargaining (formerly The Shadow Negotiation), Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2003

—  Kolb, D., Williams, J. & Frohlinger, Her Place at the Table: A Women’s Guide to Negotiating the Five Challenges of Leadership Success, Jossey-Bass, San Francisco, 2010

—  Babcock, L. and Laschever, S., Women Don’t Ask.  Negotiation and the Gender Divide, Princeton University Press, 2003

—  Babcock, L. and Laschever, S., Ask for It: How Women Can Use the Power of Negotiation to Get What They Really Want, Bantam Dell, New York, 2008

—  Sandberg, Sheryl, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Knopf, Random House, New York, 2013


· Kray, L. “Leading Through Negotiation: Harnessing the Power of Gender Stereotypes,” California Management Review, Vol. 50, No. 1, Fall 2007
  Pradel, D., Riley Bowles, H., and McGinn, K. “When Does Gender Matter in Negotiation?,” Negotiation, Vol. 8, No. 11, Nov. 2005
  Bowles, H.R. and Babcock, L. “How Can Women Escape the Compensation Negotiation Dilemma? Relational Accounts Are One Answer.” Psychology of Women Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2013, pp. 80-9
Wallace, K.“ What Changes with Women in the Board Room?” , CNN online, 10/23/13, http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/23/living/identity-women-management/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1
HBS “Manbassador” program, http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2013/12/men-on-a-mission/?utm_source=SilverpopMailing&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12.18.daily%201
Johnston, Katie, “Bill Aims to Close the Gender Wage Gap,” Boston Globe, February 23, 2015, https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/2015/02/22/bill-aims-close-gender-wage-gap/eAX5j5HxHZU9h14orWLXJJ/story.html

“Boost Power Through Body Language”--HBR video by Amy Cuddy, http://blogs.hbr.org/video/2011/04/boost-power-through-body-langu.html (note: other researchers have not been able to replicate Cuddy’s findings)

—  TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg, http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders.html

 TED talk by Madeline Albright, http://www.ted.com/talks/madeleine_albright_on_being_a_woman_and_a_diplomat.html


Program on Negotiation: an inter-university consortium located at Harvard Law School, http://www.pon.harvard.edu is a wonderful resource for negotiation-related research and training

 Upcoming Events

Chicago, Illinois - November 27 - December 2, 2016

AAWR R & E Foundation Celebration Dinner 
AAWR Celebrates! Support the AAWR R & E Foundation and enjoy an evening with your friends and colleagues.

Sunday November 27, 2016; 6:30pm
Signature Room, 95th Floor, John Hancock Building with beautiful views of Chicago!

Contact AAWR Staff to inquire about availability - info@aawr.org


Monday, November 28, 2016
2016 AAWR Business meeting: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Room: W192c

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

AAWR Presidential Luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:00pm.

A Woman’s Journey in Creating Personal Value
Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR -- 2005 AAWR President
Room: W193a 


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Refresher course: 8:00am - 10:00am
Room: N226

Transitioning from Trainee to Attending- Meryle J Eklund, MD
Challenges in Climbing the Ladder- Rebecca J. Leddy, MD
Getting Leadership Positions- M. Elizabeth Oates, MD
Why Women Don't Ask -Carol M. Rumack, MD

AAWR MIT Speed Mentoring: 10:30am. There is no cost but you must 

AAWR Residents luncheon: 12:00pm - 1:00pm.
Featuring Dr. Bruce Hillman discussing the joy and importance of creative writing. Dr. Hillman has also made himself available for an exclusive book signing just for this event!  
Room: W193a  





The Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award, is presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of women in radiology/radiation oncology. The nominee has undertaken in leadership, clinical care, teaching, and/or scholarship and the accomplishments that impacted women in our professions. 

The 2016 recipient of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Award is Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR, FSCBTMR.

Katarzyna J. Macura, MD, PhD, FACR, FSCBTMR is Professor of Radiology, Urology and Oncology in the School of Medicine of the Johns Hopkins University, and Assistant Director for the Imaging Translational Program of the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Clinical and Translational Research - ICTR in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Read More

The Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award , recognizes the lifetime achievement and lasting contribution to radiology/radiation oncology and to the American Association for Women Radiologists. Candidates must be long-term members of the AAWR and must have distinguished careers as mentors, teachers, and leaders in radiology/radiation oncology, and public service. 

The 2016 recipient of the Alice Ettinger Distinguished Achievement Award is Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, MD, FACR.

Melissa L. Rosado de Christenson, MD, FACR  retired from active duty in the United States Air Force as a Colonel in 2001 after over 25 years of service. She is a graduate of the Charter Class of the  Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where she received her M.D. degree and was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at the George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC and became a diplomat of the American Board of Radiology in 1984. Read More

The Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award in Radiation Oncology recognizes contributions to radiology or the AAWR, community involvement, service during residency, or research endeavors.

The 2016 recipient of the Eleanor Montague Distinguished Resident Award, is Christina H Chapman, MD.

Christina Hunter Chapman, M.D., M.S. is a Chief Resident in Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan.
She received her Bachelor in Arts in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University in 2007, her MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in 2012 and her Master of Science in Health and Healthcare Research from the University in Michigan in 2016 with an emphasis on health services research, health policy, and health equity.  Read More


The Lucy Frank Squire Distinguished Resident Award in Diagnostic Radiology recognizes outstanding contributions in clinical care and scholarship. The nominees must be members of the AAWR and must be in residency training at the time of the award.  Nominees will be evaluated on the basis of outstanding contributions in clinical care, teaching, research, or public service.

Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD

University of California San Diego Medical Center.

Rebecca Rakow-Penner, MD, PhD, is Chief Resident at the University of California San Diego and on the research track.  Her research focuses on diffusion MR imaging in the breast and prostate.  She is a previous recipient of the RSNA research grant as well as a member of the RSNA research committee.  She helped found the Council of Early Career Investigators, a branch of the Academy of Radiology Research.  As a resident, she has co-authored 11 scientific articles (3 as first author) and 13 conference abstracts.  She plans to continue her training as a Women’s Imaging fellow at UCSD and continue a career as a physician-scientist.


AAWR Early Career Professional Leadership Award.


Lucy B. Spalluto, MD
Assistant Professor
Co-Director, Women in Radiology
Associate Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences

I am extremely appreciative of the opportunity provided to me by the American Association for Women in Radiology to attend the 2016 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar.  I must admit, I was initially uncertain of what to expect from such an intense faculty development program and I was slightly apprehensive as meeting orientation approached!

However, upon arrival at the Inverness Hotel, I was immediately put at ease by the welcoming atmosphere of this unique seminar.  The AAMC has truly designed this program to accommodate the career development needs of each women attendee as an individual and offers an unparalleled experience for women faculty to gain executive skills necessary for success in academic medicine.

Each dynamic speaker thoroughly covered an important topic such as Time Management and Organization, Communication as a Leader, Understanding Medical School Finances, and Difficult Conversations.  Small group sessions offered opportunities to work closely with the AAMC faculty members.  Importantly, the seminar encouraged and provided ample time for something we are often lack in academic medicine:  self-reflection.  This included understanding of personality type and how to use your personality type as a strength, strategizing your ideal career path, and gaining insight into how you are seen by others. 

I am confident that I will not only integrate the skills I acquired at the AAMC Early Career Women Faculty Professional Development Seminar into my professional practice, but that I will also share these skills with my female colleagues and our trainees.  I highly recommend this seminar to other women in academic medicine, and also strongly recommend that institutions offer support to female faculty interested in attending.  

 The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) repealed the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. It also replaces existing quality programs with the Quality Payment Programs (QPP) in which physician payments will be based on participation in one of two pathways: the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Alternative Payment Models (APMs). These programs reward physicians based on performance data and taking part in new payment and delivery models.

Entrepreneurial Women in Radiology: Role Models of Success

Reprinted with permission from Author
Yoshimi Anzai, MD, MPHa , Carolyn C. Meltzer, MDb , Kristen K. DeStigter, MDc , Stamatia Destounis, MDd,e , Barbara K. Pawley, MD f , M. Elizabeth Oates, MD f

Radiology is undeniably male dominated. Alongside surgery and orthopedic surgery, academic radiology ranks near the bottom in having the lowest proportion of full-time female faculty members. Despite many efforts to recruit talented women, the pipeline entering the radiologic disciplines continues to flow at a trickle. One factor is the relative lack of role models for female medical students. Entrepreneurial women in radiology can lead the field with their innovation and creativity, courage, and commitment. In this article, the authors highlight two entrepreneurial female radiologists who shared their success stories at the American Association for Women Radiologists’ session at the 2015 ACR annual meeting. Their successes underscore the potential for such women to serve as role models to female medical students and even college undergraduates. Despite the gender gap in radiology, the field has yielded some exceptional women who can take on challenges, overcome barriers and assume risks, create strategies and processes to operationalize their visions, secure funding, and expand their enterprises to make sustainable impacts both at home and abroad. As we move toward more patientand family-centered care models and become increasingly visible to diverse populations, there is no better time for female leaders in radiology to inspire the next generation to join our essential and rewarding specialty. Key Words: Leadership, entrepreneurship, women, gender equity, role models, radiology

Full Article

AAWR Research and Education Foundation The AAWR R&E foundation is committed to:
-Promote research and scholarship in radiology/radiation oncology and related fields.
-Sponsor activities that promote research, scholarship, and leadership among women in radiology/radiation oncology and related fields.
-Sponsor awards that recognize women who have made contributions to the advancement of women in research and education in radiology/radiation oncology and related fields.

AAWR R&E Foundation Capital Campaign 2016
(AAWR dinner at RSNA)

Please join us in wishing Happy Birthday to the AAWR, which turns 35 this year, and to Madame Marie Curie (b. November 7, 1867), who would be turning 150 next year! Would you like to celebrate by attending a fabulous AAWR dinner during RSNA (11/27/2016) to be held at the Signature Room atop the John Hancock Building?  Or by making a donation to the AAWR Research and Education Foundation? In honor of these milestone occasions, we are launching our first capital campaign to benefit our organization, whose mission is to provide a forum for issues unique to women in radiology, radiation oncology and related professions; sponsor programs that promote opportunities for women; and facilitate networking and career development among members. Your tax-deductible donation will enable our members-in-training (residents and fellows) to attend AAWR events for free, fund networking events for women of all levels, and contribute to the stability and sustainability of our unique organization. So please join the AAWR Board of Directors in their unanimous contribution and give now. All donors will be listed in an upcoming issue of Focus, the AAWR’s regular newsletter and the society website.




Want to praise a fellow AAWR member? Have an announcement to share? Send your " Kudos" to info@aawr.org, with the subject line " Kudos"

The AAWR is pleased to welcome its newest members that joined the Association between September 1st and November 21st, 2016.

Dr Kathleen Elizabeth Balazy
Ms Shobha Gopal
Keiara Jordan
Dr Sophia Kamran
Dr Maria Khalid
Dr Jeannie Kwon
Ms Anna Li
Dr Nora Eugenia Rodriguez, M.Ed.
Dr Leila Tchelebi
Minn Thant
Kavitha Yaddanapudi
Ms Elizabeth D Yuan

Chief Editor
 Dr Lucy B Spalluto

Administrative Editor
Michele Wittling
Stephanie Huppert